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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 17, 2011 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if......

I think they ( Jerry especially ) though the formula worked for them . The drums>space sections gave a nice breather for aging buddies . The problem, to me is how ( as mentioned here by others ) how the post dr/space section became so auto-pilot , and rushed . Sometimes you got that " ok, lets finish this and go eat/sex/party/sleep " whatever .
Even without changing the formula, they could have been a little more imaginative . How about space into drums , for a change , etc., etc.
I recall an interview with Hornsby, where he talked about this . "Jerry, how about we open with "Wharf Rat", "No, that's a 2nd set song", "Ok, how about opening the 2nd set with it". "No, that's a post drums song ".
When Brian Wilson was working on the the "Smile" album,( self described "teenage symphony to God ") , a worried Mike Love told him , " Don't fuck with the formula"... It seems a little of this was going on here .